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Noon Number for 04-26-2013: 1,852

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After Eighteen Hundred Fifty-Two, the playoff drought may soon be through.

The Curse of Martin Skoula may soon be over! Unless The Curse of Martin Skoula was him playing for the Wild, in which case, it has been for some time.
The Curse of Martin Skoula may soon be over! Unless The Curse of Martin Skoula was him playing for the Wild, in which case, it has been for some time.
Jim McIsaac

1,852

That's the amount of days it's been since the Minnesota Wild had last clinched a playoff spot, back on March 30th, 2008, in a 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche. Marian Gaborik scored the game-winner against Jose Theodore, who would eventually oust the Wild in 6 games.

In the 5+ years since the last time the Wild clinched a playoff spot, there's been a massive amount of turnover. We've seen two opponents in that game, Andrew Brunette and Jose Theodore, become players we cheered for on the Wild. We've said goodbye to two old friends in Derek Boogaard and Pavol Demitra. There are only three players left who played minutes in that game. Niklas Backstrom, who stopped 24 of 26 shots; Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who registered a shot in 20+ minutes of ice time, and Mikko Koivu, who registered an assist and four shots.

The Wild have the opportunity to end this massive playoff drought tonight against the edmonton oilers. Cherish the moment, Wilderness, it's been far too long in the making.